Our Team

The Research Division is proud to host a great group of investigators and technicians. Jose Cancelas MD, Division Director; Neeta Rugg, Senior Research Associate and Clinical Research Coordinator; Research staff at Hoxworth: Elizabeth Hartman, Sarah Hill, Fatima Mohmoud, Shawnagay Nestheide, Margaret O’Leary, and Gayle Pratt; Research staff at Children’s Hospital: Ashley Ficker, Ramesh Nayak, Juana Serrano, and Cuiping Zhang.


Jose A. Cancelas, MD, PhD, is deputy director of Hoxworth Blood Center, division director of Research. and medical director, Cellular Therapies; and program leader of the Stem Cell Biology Program in the division of experimental hematology and cancer biology, at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and serves as a faculty member in the graduate programs in molecular and developmental biology, cell and cancer biology, and immunobiology, and the medical scientist training program.